Live Pony Roundabouts
A common sight in fairgrounds and play areas around the coastal resorts of Spain, are the live pony roundabouts.
Small ponies are fastened into metal headpieces and are forced to work as parts of a living roundabout. They toil though the heat of the day until as late as three in the morning.
FAACE has seen them located between other fairgrounds rides which have their music booming out so loud that it is deafening
The ponies carry a constant stream of riders and plod around continuously. Even if there is only one rider the others have to walk round and round as they are permanently attached to the machine framework.
These ponies live out their days in the cattle truck they arrive in (below right) and never get to see a field of grass
Some of the ponies are reputed to be cast offs from children that have grown too big for them.
When something goes wrong with one of the ponies it is treated, as if a broken part of a machine, and disposed of.